Thanks for the Uncharted Territory

Today, I no longer feel tied to a hospital bed and a grim diagnosis, and I have you to thank.

July 28, 2015 | 2 min read
Mara Cray
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Recently I was taking a walk around my neighborhood. It's something I had done a thousand times before -- oftentimes when I was sick and needed to prove that I could put one foot in front of the other.

But this time while I was walking, I wasn't thinking about an impending hospital stay or depleted lung function. Instead I was thinking about how uncertain my future is.

Three years ago, my fate seemed all but sealed. I was going to become sicker and sicker. I was going to drift further and further from normal life, and I was most likely going to wind up on a transplant list. But all of a sudden, I no longer feel tied to a hospital bed and a grim diagnosis.

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Recently, my mom told me that cystic fibrosis doesn't have the final word in my life anymore. This isn't just because my luck changed or because I've adopted a new life philosophy. It is because a CF patient's chances have been drastically improved by recent developments in the disease's treatment.

So I'd like to thank everyone who has invested themselves in the search for a cure -- whether you're a researcher, doctor, or have contributed to a Great Strides fundraiser. I have you all to thank for this new, beautiful uncertainty in my life -- my blank map, my uncharted territory.

I promise that I will never forget it.

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Mara has been living with CF for 24 years. She recently earned her master's degree in public relations and hopes to continue her work in health communications. In her spare time, she loves reading, baking, and spoiling her dog, Zoe.

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